Narcissus Tazetta

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour: white and yellow perianth colours with white, yellow or orange cups

Flowering period: March – April

Average plant height: 15 – 35 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 5 cm

Type of bulb: bulb

Even though this is a heterogeneous group, the characteristics of one of the ancestors (N. tazetta) are still fairly recognisable. These narcissi always have 4 to 8 flowers to a stem, and all are sweetly perfumed. One cultivar, ‘Cragford’, is somewhat susceptible to frost damage.

The world-famous Paperwhite narcissus also belongs to this group. This strongly scented narcissus is not winter hardy but is perfect for producing flowers in a short period of time when grown indoors. In climatic zones 9 and 10, however, they can also be planted outside in the garden. The other cultivars in this group are suitable as garden plants, especially for placement among perennial plants or for cutting.

Most significant cultivars

  • ‘Cragford’*: white perianth, vermilion-red cup
  • ‘Geranium’: white perianth, orange cup
  • ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’*: golden yellow, orange cup
  • ‘Laurens Koster’: white-yellow
  • ‘Minnow’+: lemon-yellow, golden-yellow cup
  • ‘Scarlet Gem’: pale yellow, orange cup

*Cultivars recommended for forcing indoors
+Dwarf varieties with small flowers